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Joseph M. Leggett, 77, Wolf Point Vietnam Veteran,
He was born in Sherrodsville, Ohio, Dec. 2, 1937, to Thomas and Mabel Leggett and attended Conotton Valley High School and participated in football, basketball and baseball.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1956 and served in Thailand, Johnson Island, Hawaii and various stateside assignments.
On Oct. 14, 1961, he married Margaret Brunelle in Great Falls.
He was honorably discharged in 1969 and moved home to Sherrodsville. They had three children, Thomas Patrick, Thelma Ann and Joseph Allen. In 1970, he moved his family to Wolf Point.
Joe and Margaret celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this year.
He worked several jobs in his life. He was a cook, janitor and installed phone line in the Glasgow High School, but his love was cars. He owned a ‘57 Pontiac Starchief and Plymouth Fury with a Hemi. He decided to attend the North Dakota State School of Science and earned his auto mechanics certificate. He returned to Wolf Point and went to work for Hovey Stone Chevrolet and later Moe Chevrolet in Poplar. Many know him from the Git-N-Go in Wolf Point and the farmer’s market and Poplar Community Center Flea Market.
He enjoyed his huge garden, watching football and TV. He was especially proud of his Wolf Point Wolves and Poplar Indians. He was always watching his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and sons play high school sports.
He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas; and siblings, Waldon, Dale, Max, Jack, Paul, Theda, and Betty.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Wolf Point; daughter, Thelma of Wolf Point; son, Joseph Allen of Great Falls; sister, Kay McKinney of Dover, Ohio; brother, Bob Leggett of Sherrodsville, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
His memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 16, at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point, officiated by Jeff Harada. Inurnment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel assisted with the arrangements.
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John C. Saubak, lifelong resident of the Lustre/south Peerless area, 68, died Nov. 11, 2015.
He was born July 30, 1947, attended elementary school at rural Lustre schools and graduated from Scobey High School in 1965. He was drafted into the Army in 1966, trained in helicopter maintenance and then was shipped to Vietnam in late 1967. He was a crew chief on a Huey helicopter.
On May 17, 1968, while approaching an enemy landing zone, he was wounded in his left arm. The pilot flew him immediately to the nearest medical station. His comment later was that “I should have known better than to work on a holiday.” May 17, Syttende Mai, is a national holiday in Norway, the home of his ancestors. He carried recovered bullet fragments in the case with his Purple Heart.
Several of his Army buddies continued to stay in contact through the years. He flew to reunions every couple of years.
After healing from his injury, he returned to ranching and started doing a lot of calf roping and team roping in local amateur rodeos. When in his mid-40s, he realized that the younger cowboys were consistently beating him at roping events, so he changed sports and began seriously participating in trap shooting at the local and state levels. He also did some target shooting, both with pistols and rifles.
Following in his father’s footsteps, he took flying lessons as a teenager and became licensed prior to getting drafted. He continued to be an enthusiastic pilot for the rest of his life. In 1966, he was offered the opportunity to fly for the Army, which he declined because he would have had to commit to a longer period than the two years required by the draft. When his health no longer allowed him to fly alone, one of the happiest occasions near the end of his life was having his friend, Travis Nelson, accompany him on a flight in John’s own Cessna.
For most of his life, he had a dog, usually with such original names as Puppy, Pooch or Dog. Oscar, his last dog, was a frequent companion on pickup trips to town and occasionally even in the airplane.
He is survived by his sister, Randi Aki of Kirkland, Wash.
A memorial service will be held at Scobey Lutheran Church on Friday, Nov. 27, at 2:30 p.m.
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Sarah Elizabeth Jackson-Montclair, Pte’ Mani Wiya, Buffalo Walking Woman, 34, of Spokane, Wash., formerly of Wolf Point, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Spokane.
She was born Jan. 8, 1981, to Richard K. Jackson and Marlene Davis.
She lived most of her life in Montana, Glasgow, Chinook, Frazer and Wolf Point. She moved to Spokane, Wash., five years ago.
She lived a happy life. She enjoyed being with her family, loved to go to rodeos with her dad and loved music and makeup.
She met Jesse Montclair. They had four children together. On Feb. 4, 1999, Jesse and Sarah got married in Wolf Point at the courthouse.
She brought beauty, laughter and charisma to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Sarah was quick-witted and always had a good comeback to make all laugh.
She is survived by her parents, Richard (Bernadette) Jackson and Marlene Davis; four children, Domineque, Damian, Jessy Rae “Baby Girl” and Emmanuel Montclair; siblings, Patrick, Laramie, Trisha, Marcia Jackson, Charles Silk, Forrest Church, Ryan Jackson; and adopted sister Genesse Jackson.
Her funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 9, at the Frazer Community Hall. Interment was at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Frazer. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Frances E. Thomas, 88, of Great Falls, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, of natural causes.
A celebration of life was held Monday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at Cascade Methodist Church. Schnider Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Frances was born on March 14, 1927, in Marion, S.D., to Alice and Albert Thomas. In 1930 at the age of three, she moved to a small farm northeast of Wolf Point. For the next six years, she attended a one-room country school. She graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1945, enrolling in the nursing program at Montana State College in Bozeman and Montana Deaconess School of Nursing in Great Falls after graduation. She graduated from both as a registered nurse after receiving her bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1950.
She worked in pediatrics until she joined the U.S. Air Force Nurses Corps in 1951. She served in many stateside and overseas assignments receiving the Bronze Star in Vietnam. She attained Command Flight Nurse Status and eventually retired from the Air Force at Malmstrom AFB in 1973 as a full bird Colonel.
Frances retired to her beloved Montana, living on the banks of the Missouri in the Cascade area for the next 28 years. She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, reading and gardening. She was a member of the Cascade Methodist Church, American Legion and a sponsor member of the Association of Retired Air Force Nurses.
Her diminished eyesight and health concerns brought her to Great Falls in 2001 where she took up residence at the Lodge Assisted Living Facility and finally, Bee Hive Homes. Though she lost her vision and her health, she never lost her love of family, country and faith.
Frances is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Dale Figgins; niece, Jeanne Merrell; great- and great-great-nieces; nephew; and cousins.
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Funeral services for Oliver Urdahl will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Pastor Alvina Olstead will officiate at the service at Froid Lutheran Church; interment will be in Kvile Cemetery, just north of Froid.
Oliver Burnie Urdahl, 79, died at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D., Nov. 4, 2015.
He was born March 8, 1936, in Plentywood to Burnie and Julia Urdahl, the youngest of eight children. Attending Froid Public School, he enjoyed playing football and basketball and met the love of his life, Marlene Urdahl. On March 3, 1954, Marlene and Oliver were married in the Froid Lutheran Church; they were married for 56 years before Marlene’s death in 2010. Marlene made the first move in that relationship by asking Oliver to a Sadie Hawkins Dance.
He farmed west of Medicine Lake and in the Froid area for most of his life. They had five children. He was an active participant in the Froid community; supporting and attending events. He was a Froid town councilman for 30 years, on the Rural Water District board, a member of the Froid Lutheran Church, the Rod and Gun Club and was a volunteer for many other activities in the community. He enjoyed clearing driveways of snow and socializing at the "office" (Agland) with a cup of coffee and good friends.
He spent hours toward the planning and building of Froid's community center and library. He took great pride in helping Froid be a strong, cohesive and vibrant community.
He was a kind, caring man who had a wonderful sense of humor. He was an incredibly hard worker who built an excellent life for his family. He gave unconditional support and love to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Craig Urdahl, Spokane, Wash., Doug Urdahl, Yuma, Ariz., Cindy Wong, Sherwood, Ore., Kim Wind, Rapid City, S.D., and Randy Urdahl, Broomfield, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Blanch Stewart, Farmington, N.M., Lillian Ebel, Williston, N.D., Gladys Shae, Wenatchee, Wash., Leona Larson, Williston, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Urdahl; and three siblings, Stanley Urdahl, Leonard Urdahl and Lila Engberg.